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Go Gophers! Manny Pollard enters the dual after just receiving Big Ten honors as Diver of the Week on Oct. 8
Go Gophers!
Manny Pollard enters the dual after just receiving Big Ten honors as Diver of the Week on Oct. 8
Go Gophers!

Oct. 10, 2013

The University of Minnesota men's swimming and diving teams will continue their non-conference season this weekend as the University of Florida comes to compete at the University Aquatic Center. The second home dual of the year for the Golden Gophers, the Minnesota men are coming off a 190-95 win over the Arizona State Sun Devils last Saturday Oct. 5 to put them 1-0 in the 2013-14 season. The meet against Florida is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 11:00 a.m. CT.

With the dual, the Florida Gator's men will officially begin dual-meet competition. On Sept. 27-29 they competed at home in the Pinch A Penny All Florida Invitational where they faced teams such as: Florida State University, University of Miami, Nova Southeastern, North Florida, Southern Florida, and Florida Gulf Coast. The Gators won their fourth consecutive Invitational by claiming victories in 10 out of the 12 events.

This match-up marks only the fifth time in history that the Minnesota and Florida men have faced each other. This will be the third home meet for the Gophers versus Gators competition. The University of Florida currently holds a 3-1 record over the Gophers. The two teams first faced each other in a single dual back on Oct. 30, 2003 where the Gators beat Minnesota 123-120 in Minnesota's home pool. The remaining dual meets were as follows:

Oct. 29, 2004 at Florida: L, 147-153
Oct. 27, 2006 at Florida: W, 161-139
Oct. 13, 2007 at Minnesota: L, 142-158

In Minnesota's home-opening meet against Arizona State University the Gopher men went nearly undefeated in all events. With only losing a first-place finish in the 100 yard breaststroke, the team began the season with a very strong start. Returning Co-Captain Derek Toomey won three out of his four events which included the 500 freestyle (19.99), 200 medley relay (1:29.27), and the 200 freestyle relay (1:23.08).

Minnesota continues their non-conference competition by already earning Big Ten honors. Freshman Daryl Turner was awarded Swimmer of the Week on Oct. 8 by winning all four of his events in his debut meet as a Golden Gopher. Diver Manny Pollard also received Diver of the Week after winning both the one-meter and three-meter dives against the Sun Devils.

The Gophers and the Gators will both be looking to add that first lose to one another's record. After one competition a piece in the books for the 2013-14 season, each team has a list of top swimmers and divers that will be vying to add points to that final score on Saturday. Current top times/scores for the season match up as follows:

50 Free
UMN: 19.99 Derek Toomey
Flor: 20.30 Bradley deBorde

100 Free
UMN: 44.65 Daryl Turner
Flor: 44.35 Corey Main

200 Free
UMN: 1:41.25 Ben Bravence
Flor: 1:37.36 Corey Main

500 Free
UMN: 4:34.20 CJ Smith
Flor: 4:23.09 Dan Wallace

1000 Free
UMN: 9:19.03 CJ Smith

100 Back
UMN: 48.43 Daryl Turner
Flor: 47.70 Corey Main

200 Back
UMN: 1:48.97 Carl Newenhouse

100 Breast
UMN: 56.79 Nick Hatanaka
Flor: 55.52 Matthew Elliot

200 Breast
UMN: 2:03.52 Nick Hatanaka
Flor: 2:00.08 Matthew Elliot

100 Fly
UMN: 48.36 Kyler Van Swol
Flor: 47.36 Marcin Cieslak

200 Fly
UMN: 1:48.65 Nick Orf
Flor: 1:45.03 Marcin Cieslak

200 IM
UMN: 1:50.97 Jakub Maly
Flor: 1:46.00 Marcin Cieslak

1 Meter Diving
UMN: 341.70 Manny Pollard
Flor: 360.82 Sam Dorman

3 Meter Diving
UMN: 370.65 Manny Pollard
Flor: 266.03 James Pompi